30 Days of Place Value

30 Days of Place Value

Everyday for Bell Work in my 4/5 class, I use a mastering math sheet to review basic concepts and previously taught skills.  The page is the same every day but the daily number changes.  These also follow the three part lesson plan format that is popular today in classrooms.  The first page of the sheet is great for the Getting started section of a three part lesson plan.  It reviews key concepts and the fundamentals of the unit.  Additionally because it is repeated every day students are able to gain mastery with these familiar questions throughout the unit.  The second page of the math sheets include a word problem and a reflection section.  These are great for the Working on It and Reflection of the morning math sheets.  Students can work on the problem as a class, as a group, or individually.  Many of the questions are open ended and encourage thought and discussion for students. Word problem questions are also repeated so that students can apply skills learned from previous days with larger numbers.

My first unit of the year is Place Value and This first package has 30 different pages including a blank page that you can print and add your own number or questions.

Mastering Math Sheets - 30 Days of Place Value

30 Days of Place Value

This package gives you 30 different activities that review concepts of 2 and 3 digit numbers and introduce and build up to 5 digit numbers.  These are not a complete unit however they would provide you with 30 days of practice and  problem based math that is easily differentiated and great for multiple ability classrooms.

If you are looking for other place value activities that you could add to also use to supplement this package including games, task cards, and other activities please check out some of my fellow bloggers items here. These are great to supplement your place value unit and would be a great companion to my Mastering Math Sheets.

Order Numbers to 10000
Math Chat Speech BubblesThemed Place Value Practice
Mastering Math Sheet: Mental Math Addition
Happy Counting 🙂

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Design a Room for Language Instruction

Design a Room for Language Instruction

Whether it's the beginning of a new year or not, it's never too late to design a room for language instruction! Click through to learn how. elementary | themes | ideas | high school | middle |

What can we do with 100 minutes during our language block.  With so much to do and so many expectations to cover how can we fit it all in?  Magic? yes perhaps sometimes.  However I also believe that solid planning is the key to success.  (and perhaps a timer to keep you on track…)

Planning your language block starts with your room layout

Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! 1. Have A Meeting Place

Have a place in your room where all of your students can gather together to learn.  I use a carpet.  This is an expectation that all my students regardless of how cool they think they are sit together on the carpet for instruction.  I like having zones in the room.  Desks are for working and a carpet is for instruction.

2.  Have a Anchor Spot:

Find a place in the classroom that can be seen easily.  I am fortunate enough to have a wall covered with bulletin board space. I use this as my language board.  I post my learning goals, success criteria, anchor charts, student goals, bump it up wall, etc.  Students have one place to look for language and we review this frequently.
Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post!

Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! 3. Classroom Library

Students need books to read and a selection of different types of books too.  I have collected many books over the years and bought some as well to keep the students excited about reading.  I also have recommended books out on display.  I strongly feel that any reading is reading and encourage not only novels, but also support graphic novels, magazines, e reading, fiction and non fiction.  In fact some of the most popular books in my room last year was my collection of classic Tin Tin books.  Keep your books together, well labeled and sorted.

4. The Stuff

  • Ikea Cardboard book boxes
  • 3 books per student in book box
  • Writing Notebook
  • Readers Notebook

5. Guided Reading / Conference Spot

It is important to have a space to meet with students.  I have a horseshoe table that works great for this purpose.  Although any table that seats 6 people would work.

How do you set up your room for language?
Leave me a comment below!!

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